How To Spatchcock A Chicken

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Here is a technique one must learn it is quick and easy once you master it.It’s called Spatchcock is a technique mainly for poultry such as chicken,cornish hens and for other game bird.  The term spatchcock(butterfly) means removal of the back bone .When the bird is butterflied it roasts quicker and more evenly .You can grill your spatchcock chicken or roast it in the oven either or is good.This technique has been around for over 100 yrs and still being used these days.So this is why I will show you in the tutorial down below how to spatchcock a chicken.

 

Things you’ll need:

1. 1 whole chicken

2.Kitchen or Poultry Shears

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Directions:

1.Lay the  chicken breast down on the cutting board with the legs towards you.

2.With the  kitchen shears cut from the tail to the neck.Do this to both sides.

3.When the chicken is cut on both sides take the piece you cut and reserve it for soups or stock.

4.Turn the chicken over and press down  with your hard until you hear a snapping sound.

5.Make sure the chicken is flatten with the legs turned out .

6.Now you have your first spatchcocked chicken and now you are ready to season it any which way you want and cook it on a grill or in the oven.

Good Luck Cooking!!

Shake N Bake Style Chicken Drumsticks

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Shake N Bake- Wow those few words just brings me back to my childhood.My mother would make shake n bake chicken and I was always excited.I love retro foods from my childhood like in the 70’s I guess I told my age.Well lets get to 2013.Whenever I go to the supermarket I always see the shake n bake mix and I always look at the back of the box at the ingredients.I have always wanted to make my own mix and now I finally did.Today I made drumsticks and coated them with my version of shake n’ bake bread crumb mix.Man they were oh so tasty . This recipe is easy to make and your kids would have fun too.I can’t  wait til you try this recipe please let me know when you do.

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Ingredients:

1 lb chicken drumsticks or any selection

Water

Shake N Bake mix

Ziploc Bag

Directions:

1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2.Pour shake n bake mixture into the ziploc bag.

3. Take the drumsticks and dip them into the water.

4.Place the drumsticks into the bread crumb mixture.

5. Shake bag until chicken is thoroughly coated.

6.Place the chicken onto a foiled or parchment lined pan.

7.Bake for 50-60 minutes.

8.Transfer to a serving dish and you can have this as an easy Christmas main dish.Serve with salad,rice or potatoes.

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